Posted: September 11th, 2013
Popular Christian interpretations have often identified the magoi (translated “wise men” in most English Bible) in Matthew 2:1-12 as three kings from three different places in Asia such as India, Persia, and Arabia, with three different skin colors signifying three continents of Asia, Africa, and Europe, who came to worship Jesus. From a postcolonial feminist perspective, this popular picture is androcentric, kyriarchal, and imperialistic. In place of the oppressive interpretation, a postcolonial feminist imagination can find an inspiring story about empowering politics of solidarity among different women in the Matthean narrative of Mary and magoi.
Past Convocations are available for your viewing pleasure:
Rabbi Dr. Rachel Mikva, assistant professor; Rabbi Herman Schaalman Chair in Jewish Studies; and Center for Jewish, Christian and Islamic Studies director, presented “Fraught Justice: Reward and Punishment as a Dangerous Religious Idea,” during the Oct. 23 convocation.
Mikva first presented this lecture during a 2012 American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting. She stressed that the use of reward and punishment had no Biblical foundation. “It is not borne in scripture,” Mikva said, noting that reward and punishment, trading in stereotypes, has been used to justify the current political order.
Mikva's lecture wasn't the only special occurrence. Longtime Chicago Theological Seminary faculty, Dr. Robert Moore, received special recognition and a chair from his fellow colleagues. Moore, a psychology, psychoanalysis, & spirituality professor, has shared his gifts with CTS since 1977.